Urban golf to discover the city differently

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Urban golf to discover the city differently


An eight-hole course deployed through the parks and around the harbor allows you to visit several emblematic sites of Geneva differently until 23 August.



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Users can play golf in downtown Geneva, such as here behind Saint-Pierre Cathedral.


In Geneva, an urban golf course, a mix between golf and mini-golf, allows you to discover emblematic sites of the city differently. An eight-hole course runs through the parks and around the harbor.

Many Genevans and expatriates are among the users, explains Amit Gonzalez, who manages the loan of clubs and golf balls at Parc des Bastions. Happy to have landed this job offered by the City of Geneva, he welcomes the public every day from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.

The public is happy to be able to practice this activity which is often reserved for an elite, notes the young man. Installed since 2011, this infrastructure is relatively discreet. Equipped with a map indicating where the stations are located, the golfer sets out on the course which can be played in any order.

Foam balls

On the promenade de la Treille, a family from Geneva is on its second hole. The father discovered this activity via social networks. Quite happy to kick the ball in the shade of chestnut trees, one of the boys encourages his mother to aim better. “The first hole at Bastions was really difficult,” he notes.

Some adaptation time is indeed necessary. This is because the ball is not a real golf ball, but a much softer and lighter foam ball. “We had to change, because there were a few incidents at the start with the hard balls,” explains Amit Gonzalez.

Vandalized flags

Another difficulty: finding the positions. They are marked with red flags. But these flags are very often torn off. Some even end up hanging on lampposts. A QR code however makes it possible to visualize the exact place, photo in support, from where to hit the ball.

In total, the course extends over four kilometers, passing through the Bastions, the Treille, the Terrasse d’Agrippa d’Aubigné, the Observatory promenade, the English Garden, the Brunswick Monument and the Halles de l’Ile. With a brisk walk, it is possible to complete all eight holes in about two hours. As in mini-golf, the one with the lowest number of points at the end of the game wins.

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